SPUDS POMME FRIES
Chef Joe Ciminera’s mission to create the ultimate french fry inspired this Belgian-style eatery where the fresh, organic fries aren’t a side, they’re the meal.
Besides 30 different dipping sauces, the menu features tantalizing fry toppings such as pulled pork, chicken breast, Philly cheese steak, meatball marinara, cheeseburger, hot dog and sauerkraut, brown gravy mozzarella, Parmesan cheese crusted,cChili, man ‘n’ cheese, and the Spuds special: cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and chives ($5-$9).
Spuds also has a food challenge: a five-pound hamburger with a whopping portion of fries served with Gruyere, five-year aged cheddar, American cheeses, caramelized onions, and roasted tomatoes ($30).
308 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, spudsfries.com
Long Island’s only restaurant specializing in Croatian cuisine is the latest addition to the lineup of downtown Huntington’s smorgasbord.
The name is the Croatian word for “tavern.” Chef and Proprietor Bruno Oliveira and business partner Daniel Pedisich built the bar, lounge, and restaurant offering a Croatian-influenced Modern European menu of small plates and specialties.
Start off with shrimp and crab croquettes or truffle cheese-stuffed dates ($8). Chow down on the grilled salmon skewers with hearts of palm, radicchio, tomato, onion, and arugula ($25) or Ćevapčići — Croatian minced beef, lamb, pork, fries, and red onion with a Ajvar mixed vegetable spread ($19). Wash it all down with a bottle of Karlovačko ($8), Croatia’s favorite beer.
For dessert, save room for the Palačinke, a Croatian-style crêpe with Nutella ($11). As they say in Zagreb, živjeli!
46G Gerard St., Huntington, konobahuntington.com
This California-based chain specializing in açaí bowls — a yogurt-like, antioxidant-rich açaí berry mixture topped with superfoods — is opening cafés in Plainview and Commack.
These will be the second and third locations on Long Island, following the cafés recent local debut in Smithtown. The menu features a variety of unique superfoods, including graviola, acerola, mangosteen, camu camu, spirulina, aronia, moringa, maca, bee pollen, and more.
Guests can choose from the green bowl with organic graviola, spirulina and hemp seeds ($12.99), the dragon bowl featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas ($12.99), and their signature vitality bowl with organic açaí, strawberries and honey ($10.99). They also serve fresh juices, smoothies, soups, paninis, and salads, and have a full-service coffee bar.
52 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview and 6230 Jericho Tpke, Commack, vitalitybowls.com